Word of Life launches de­but al­bum

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Staff Writer

THE wor­ship team of the Word of Life Min­istries (WOLIM) Maseru as­sem­bly launched their de­but al­bum amid pomp and fan­fare on Sun­day at the church’s au­di­to­rium in Maseru.

Ti­tled Tho­riso, which means praise in Se­sotho, the 10-track al­bum fea­tures the tal­ents of the WOLIM wor­ship team’s song­writ­ers and mu­si­cians.

Clad in fa­tigues re­sem­bling those worn by the mil­i­tary, the group took no pris­on­ers with a scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance much to the de­light of the hun­dreds in at­ten­dance. The songs, which were mostly writ­ten by group mem­bers, seam­lessly in­ter­weave be­tween var­i­ous gen­res and cater for var­i­ous tastes.

They in­clude Boka Morena by Li­neo Mot­seki, Kea U Rata Jesu by Matho­riso Mot­seki, Grace by Ma­rina Biz­a­bani as well as Ua Halalela by Napo Mochekoane and Tamia Phooko among oth­ers. Ac­cord­ing to Pas­tor Syn­odia Dube, who is also the al­bum’s lead singer, the over­rid­ing theme is that of praise, as epit­o­mised by the ti­tle track.

“We have a de­sire to see praise be­ing re­stored to its orig­i­nal pur­pose of giv­ing God the glory and hon­our that He de­serves,” she said, adding that it was pro­duced by ac­claimed South Africa-based Zim­bab­wean mu­si­cian, Tremier Msipa.

“We wanted to cater for ev­ery­one since our church is mul­ti­cul­tural, and it is also a min­istry point to help peo­ple re­con­nect with God.”

The al­bum, Pas­tor Dube said, was also meant to raise funds to buy land for the church build­ing.

“The fundrais­ing is for the land that we are pur­chas­ing in Qoal­ing and we be­lieve that if we can ac­quire that piece of land, we will be able to build God a house of wor­ship,” she said.

“As the wor­ship team, we asked our­selves how we could con­trib­ute to the fundrais­ing ef­fort and de­cided to make use of our tal­ents.”

Pas­tor Dube said the idea of record­ing an al­bum ini­tially seemed a tall or­der, since no one among them was a record­ing artist. How­ever, with en­cour­age­ment from con­gre­gants and her hus­band, Pas­tor Du­misani Dube, they started mak­ing en­quiries about what it would take.

“We had been do­ing praise and wor­ship for many years, but to ac­tu­ally go be­yond the four walls of our church seemed far-fetched at first be­cause we didn’t know how to go about it,” she said.

“But when you put your heart and soul into some­thing, it al­ways comes to pass. If we had looked at the resources at our dis­posal, we would have never got­ten around to do­ing it. We de­cided to take a step of faith and cross the bridges when we got there.”

The record­ing process, Pas­tor Dube said, took over two months, with the wor­ship team solely fo­cus­ing on the project dur­ing the pe­riod.

“I want to pay trib­ute to the wor­ship team whom I am to­tally hon­oured to be part of.

“They are a group which loves God, pulls to­gether and have a mind to see God glo­ri­fied. They worked so tire­lessly and with a pure heart in mak­ing this al­bum.”

Pas­tor Dube said they had man­aged to re­coup the money in­vested in the project by sell­ing the al­bum prior to its launch, adding that she was “over­whelmed” by the re­sponse the al­bum had re­ceived so far.

“We didn’t ex­pect the re­sponse we have re­ceived so far, our ini­tial tar­get was to sell at least a thou­sand copies to cover the costs of pro­duc­tion,” she said.

“How­ever, the re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing and hum­bling to say the least. The ob­jec­tive of the al­bum is be­ing achieved, and we thank God for that.”

To cater for au­di­ences be­yond Le­sotho’s bor­ders, Pas­tor Dube said the al­bum would “soon” be avail­able on dig­i­tal plat­forms such as itunes. Cur­rently, it is sold at the church of­fice along Kingsway and at their BNP Cen­tre au­di­to­rium.

She con­cluded the in­ter­view with a call for peo­ple to de­sist from boot­leg­ging mu­sic, say­ing it was ham­per­ing the de­vel­op­ment of artists.

“Piracy is very un­eth­i­cal and robs mu­si­cians of the means to pro­duce qual­ity prod­ucts since peo­ple would be ac­cess­ing it for free. Please get the orig­i­nal copy of this al­bum, firstly be­cause it’s for a good cause and also be­cause it’s the right thing to do,” said Pas­tor Dube.

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